Addiction is a physical, emotional, and spiritual wound that impacts the lives of people living in California, the United States, and all across the globe. South Coast Behavioral Health’s person-centered approach to substance abuse treatment combines traditional and holistic therapies to help individuals recover from addiction. Here’s a look at how different therapies can assist in the treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders.

Traditional Addiction Therapy Approaches

Individual Therapy

Within an individual therapy session, you will work one-on-one with your primary therapist to explore your thoughts and feelings related to your addiction. During these confidential sessions, your counselor will assist you in identifying any underlying issues that contribute to your substance use disorder. Within a safe, judgment-free space, you learn to replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with positive, healthy alternatives.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which you and other clients will meet regularly with a trained therapist to discuss issues related to addiction and recovery. During group, you can share your experiences, offer support to others, and gain insights from other perspectives. Group sessions also provide an opportunity for you to build trust and foster a sense of community among peers with similar experiences.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is another important component of addiction treatment at South Coast Behavior Health. Therapy can help families develop a better understanding of the struggles that the individual may be facing. These sessions also provide family members with tools to support their loved ones in recovery. In general, the goal of family therapy is to restore relationships between family members and create an environment where everyone feels supported and heard.

South Coast also provides you with individualized treatment plans that will act as a guide for your counseling services. In doing so, you engage in addiction therapies that assist you in reaching your personal recovery goals during treatment.

Our Person-Centered Therapy Approach

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that personalized treatment is essential for successful recovery. For this reason, South Coast provides a wide range of therapeutic offerings within our person-centered approach to therapy. In doing so, we are capable of meeting each client’s personal needs and goals during treatment for substance abuse.

Our counselors work closely with you to identify the underlying issues which can trigger addictive behaviors. During one-on-one counseling and group sessions, you can work with our certified counselors who specialize in a variety of topics such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). As you participate in therapy, you will create lasting changes that help you to achieve your goals in life and recovery.

Building Trust and Life Skills in Therapy

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that peer support is essential for lasting recovery from addiction. To that end, we offer skill-building groups to assist our clients in developing the necessary life skills they will need to sustain long-term sobriety. Group therapy provides an opportunity for you to connect with others in recovery through shared experiences and struggles.

Sessions include small personalized groups which focus on building skills that assist clients in building trust and forming meaningful relationships. As clients engage in group activities, they also gain insight into their own behaviors as well as the actions of others around them. 

Evidence-based Therapies at South Coast

While in treatment at South Coast, your specific treatment plan will be individualized to address your clinical needs as well as your preferences, goals, and life experiences. To help you heal from addiction, we provide evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT),  and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). We value time-tested therapeutic approaches that have been proven to help people recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.

For this reason, our evidence-based therapies include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you identify the link between unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Your CBT therapist will teach you to recognize core beliefs that feed dysfunctional thinking patterns, healthy ways to challenge unwanted thoughts, and how to replace them with healthier alternatives.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

An offspring of CBT, dialectical behavior therapy teaches you skills and strategies for recovery like mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT focuses on the present moment by teaching an array of healthy coping skills.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a treatment designed to alleviate the distress resulting from trauma and PTSD symptoms. An EDMR therapist uses bilateral stimulation of your eyes or tapping techniques to help you reprocess trauma in a relaxing and healthy and more empowering way.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT draws on CBT and mindfulness to help you recognize and accept difficult feelings and thoughts instead of trying to avoid them. In ACT therapy, you will come to view challenging situations as a part of life and not something to be feared. You also learn to identify your core values and incorporate them into your daily life routine.

Problem-Solving Therapy

Problem-solving therapy uses cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques to help you develop healthier ways to cope with stress. This form of therapy also helps you learn how to manage your emotions during stressful situations. During these groups, you will learn how to decrease your emotional distress and increase your problem-solving abilities to promote change.

Family Systems Therapy

Family systems therapy defines a family as an interconnected system. If one member is struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues, the entire unit is impacted. Family systems therapy helps each member understand their role in unhealthy attachment and how they can practice healthier forms of communication, boundaries, cohesion, and problem-solving.


Psychoeducation groups teach you about the consequences of substance abuse and mental health disorders. When you understand your condition, you can manage your symptoms, triggers, and cravings. These groups instill self-awareness, personal growth, and lasting change while developing your understanding of addiction, treatment, and recovery.

Life Skills Training

Within treatment, you’ll receive daily assistance and training in life skills that enable your full participation in everyday life. For instance, employment-related skill-building may include job readiness skills, resume building, and interview preparation. Additional life skills include budgeting, stress management, interpersonal communication, and accountability skills.

Support Groups

Peer-run support groups can provide support, unconditional acceptance, and accountability in sobriety. In fact, twelve-step groups often serve as a “home base” for those in recovery. We will introduce you to the 12 Steps as well as SMART Recovery and other alternatives to the 12 Steps. Attending these types of groups after treatment is important for relapse prevention.

Recovery doesn’t just take place on a conceptual basis. You must also learn to land in your body again, feel your emotions, and heal from the inside out. Recognizing the indisputable connection between body and mind, our highly credentialed staff uses an integrative, person-centered approach to treatment. We draw on traditional, evidence-based therapies as well as holistic approaches like yoga, psychodrama, and expressive art therapy.

Trauma-Informed Therapy

At South Coast, we provide trauma-informed care during each of our treatment programs through the Seeking Safety curriculum. To address the connection between addiction and trauma, Seeking Safety draws on 25 treatment topics with themes. These themes cover topics such as interpersonal communication, cognitive impairment, and behavioral issues. Our clinicians use Seeking Safety guidelines to emphasize addiction and trauma education, grounding tools, and coping skills. In doing so, our trauma-informed therapy offerings can help you cope with unwanted symptoms of addiction and trauma. As a result, you will begin to rebuild your trust in emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and relationships.

Reestablishing a Sense of Safety

South Coast Behavioral Health policies and procedures assist us in implementing trauma-informed care that upholds our high standards for treatment. In doing so, our clients are able to reestablish their sense of safety here at South Coast. 

Throughout treatment, clients engage in compassionate interactions with staff as a form of consistent reassurance that they are truly safe in our care. Clients also experience this within our peer groups during team-building activities, trust-building exercises, and respectful therapy discussions. 

Expressive and Holistic Therapies

In addition to traditional therapies, South Coast also offers holistic therapies such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and nutritional counseling. Similarly, we provide expressive therapy groups that incorporate art, music, and drama to promote self-expression. These therapies are designed to help individuals reconnect with themselves and find inner peace while healing from addiction. Our expressive and holistic therapies can also help restore balance in your life by focusing on all aspects of wellness—physical, mental, emotional, social, occupational, and spiritual. In doing so, our therapies help you to instill coping skills that are essential for lasting recovery from addiction. 

Some of our holistic therapies and wellness services include:

Art Therapy

The act of creation in art therapy gives you a way to express emotions and thoughts that you find difficult to put into words. It can serve as a way to calm yourself, manage emotions, and self-soothe. Better yet, you can use art as a creative outlet and coping skill in recovery. Art therapy may include painting, collages, drawing, photography, and clay.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an extremely beneficial tool for self-expression and stress relief. By reducing your heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels, music therapy actively improve your mood. In music therapy, you may listen to music, make playlists, write songs and lyrics, play instruments, improvise, or communicate through songs. No previous musical ability is needed.


Through dramatic play, clients are often able to access deeper emotions, become unstuck, forgive, heal, and practice ways of dealing with difficult situations or feelings in the future. Psychodrama involves role-playing with other group members and psychodrama instructors to combat avoidant behaviors and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.​

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy uses a variety of expressive tools and activities to reenact and process situations from the past and present. Often, groups discuss grief, loss, relationship issues, and stress management. As a blend of process therapies and hands-on activities, groups also include therapeutic interventions that use journaling, art, and music.

Yoga as Therapy

Research suggests that the practice of yoga modulates the stress response. Mental health and physical health are not just closely allied but are essentially equivalent. Yoga uses stretching, balance, poses, and breathing to help you stay centered in the present moment and release physical tension and stress tied to emotions.

Mindfulness and Breathwork

We offer mindfulness through breathwork as well as movement and meditation. Mindfulness can provide a personal, powerful, and transformational experience that supports acceptance, staying grounded, and being in the moment. Breathwork acts as an accessible grounding technique for stress management and centering the self.

To heal your mind, body, and spirit, South Coast offers a range of holistic approaches to complement our traditional therapies. For example, our holistic services involve engaging exercises such as experiential activities with peers. This helps create an enjoyable environment for clients to build relationships and foster a sense of community within our program. 

Similarly, yoga and mindfulness meditation groups can be used as tools to calm the mind and body while promoting relaxation. During treatment, we also provide nutritional services to support your physical health alongside wellness activities that reintroduce physical exercise into your daily routine.

Our Addiction Therapy Services in Orange County, California

We believe that by providing a wide range of therapies, we can meet the needs of each client. At South Coast Behavioral Health in Orange County, California, you can expect addiction therapy services including:

☑ Behavioral therapies

☑ Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

☑ Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

☑ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

☑ Problem-Solving Therapy

☑ Recovery-sensitive therapies

☑ Psychoeducation

☑ Motivational interviewing

☑ Relapse prevention planning

☑ Expressive therapies

☑ Art Therapy 

☑ Music Therapy

☑ Psychodrama

☑ Individual therapy

☑ Group therapy

☑ Gender-specific groups

☑ Skills-building groups

☑ Experiential groups

☑ Recovery support groups

☑ Family systems therapy

☑ Trauma-focused therapies

☑ Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

☑ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

☑ Holistic therapy services

☑ Yoga and meditation

☑ Mindfulness and breathwork

☑ Sound healing

☑ Nutrition education

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Medication Management for Co-Occurring Disorders

Our clinical team may also prescribe medication for co-occurring disorders in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. Medication management and dual diagnosis treatment are beneficial tools for mental wellness and recovery from substance use disorders.

South Coast offers a full continuum of care that includes sub-acute detox services, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. We are a culturally sensitive, evidence-based treatment center that blends traditional and holistic approaches to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds of addiction.

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